For Christ’s Sake

Thanks, Pope-a-ratzi. Seriously, smooth move:

ROME (Reuters) – The Vatican stepped up its offensive against “The Da Vinci Code” on Friday when a top official close to Pope Benedict blasted the book as full of anti-Christian lies and urged Catholics to boycott the film.

The latest broadside came from Archbishop Angelo Amato, the number two official in the Vatican doctrinal office which was headed by Pope Benedict until his election last year.

Amato, addressing a Catholic conference in Rome, called the book “stridently anti-Christian .. full of calumnies, offences and historical and theological errors regarding Jesus, the Gospels and the Church.”

He added: “I hope that you all will boycott the film.”

It astounds me that officials of the Roman Catholic Church, which pioneered pointless self-denial before these straight-edge kids made it cool, wouldn’t understand that the only way to make something that’s already kind of attractive more pleasurable is to forbid the experience of it.

Judging by attendance at church on Holy Days of Obligation, if the church wanted to stop Catholics from seeing this film, they should advertise it in the bulletin and threaten people who don’t see it with Hell.